Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Trade Opportunities in the Context of a Green Economy Transition : Jointly Organised by ICTSD, ITC and UNEP

18 June 2012
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Avenida Atlântica, 3264 - Copacabana Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22070-000, Brazil

ICTSD, ITC and UNEP are jointly organising a multi-stakeholder dialogue with the purpose of identifying and maximising trade opportunities for developing countries in the context of the transition to a green economy, in order to enhance development opportunities, poverty eradication and social equity. The dialogue seeks to draw pertinent policy lessons based on concrete examples in this regard. It represents a distinct component of a larger project aimed at distilling policy lessons on such green trade opportunities, comprising both a research and analysis component and an outreach component (three policy dialogues). Two policy dialogues will be held in the Africa and Latin America regions, while the third takes place in Rio de Janeiro in conjunction with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

With 50,000 participants expected to attend, Rio+20 will provide a major opportunity to reach out to the environmental community and beyond on the topic of trade opportunities related to the green economy transition. ICTSD, UNEP and ITC are organising a full-day dialogue among relevant stakeholders, focusing specifically on green trade opportunities.  This multi-stakeholder dialogue would provide ample opportunity for in-depth, informed exchange, for furthering the debate and drawing pertinent policy lessons.
It will be held back-to-back with a Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium organised by ICTSD and CEBRI on the 19th of June. This will allow participants to attend and contribute to both events. The TSD Symposium will comprise a broader set of topics, with one session dedicated to green economy opportunities specifically.

Both events will take place at the same venue, the Rio Othon Palace in Copacabana.

For registration, please click here.

For shuttle information, please click here.  Please take Route 1 for the Rio Othon Palace.

Photos from the dialogue:

Opening Remarks

[caption id="attachment_137637" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="L-R: Robert Skidmore (ITC); Deborah Vorhies (ICTSD); Moustapha Kamal Gueye (UNEP)"][/caption]

Identifying Trade Opportunities

[caption id="attachment_137640" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Alexander Kasterine, International Trade Center (ITC)"][/caption]

Lessons from the renewable energy

[caption id="attachment_137641" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="L-R: Kanwar M. J. Iqbal, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) Pakistan; Mahesh Sugathan (ICTSD); Malena Sell (ICTSD) "][/caption]

Biodiversity-based products

[caption id="attachment_137678" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="L-R: Yovita Ivanova, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUPC); Virginia Reyes, Centro de Derecho Ambiental y de los Recursos Naturales (Cedarena), Costa Rica "][/caption]

Environmental Goods and Services


L-R: Willemien Viljoens, South African Trade Law Centre (Tralac); Dale Andrew, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Robert Skidmore (ITC)

Policy Lessons and Opportunities


L-R: Ahmed Abdel Latif ICTSD; Brendan Vickers, International Trade Division, South Africa; Arthur Lavieri, CEO, Suzlon Brazil; Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz, Chief Executive, ICTSD; Ib Petersen, State Secretary for Development Policy, Denmark

[caption id="attachment_137681" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="L-R: Sandra Rios, Director, Centro de Estudos de Integração e Desenvolvimento, Brazil and the Latin American Trade Network (LATN); Paras Karel, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment, Nepal "][/caption]